Actor's starring role at The Jubilee: Dressing the Monarchy on Stage and Screen exhibition in Bath
An award winning veteran actor visited Bath to open an exhibition including some of his costumes.
Keith Michell, who was made famous by his role of King Henry VIII, opened Bath and North East Somerset Council’s exhibition of royal costumes from films.
The Jubilee: Dressing the Monarchy on Stage and Screen exhibition at the Assembly Rooms contained the costumes worn by Mr Michell in the 1972 film Henry VIII and his Six Wives, and in the 1996 BBC television drama The Prince and the Pauper.
This was the first time that Mr Michell had seen the costumes since he wore them.
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The 83-year-old said: “It feels strange to see them displayed here, I always thought of them as mine.
“Wearing the costumes was uncomfortable, we filmed during summer and it was very hot.
“They are beautiful though, and so are the other costumes here.
“I am pleased to open the exhibition, and be in the beautiful Assembly Rooms, which I have never visited before.”
The exhibition, which runs until September 2, traces the progression of the British monarchy from when King Edgar was crowned in Bath Abbey in 973, to the present day and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
More than 50 costumes from theatre, television and film productions are included, showing how the styles royal dress have changed.
Costumes include those worn by actors such as Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Richard Burton and Sir Anthony Sher.
Cabinet member for sustainable development Councillor Cherry Beath said she was pleased to see Mr Michell in Bath to officially open such an exciting exhibition.
She said: “The crowning glory of the exhibition will be the great Tudor dynasty portrayed by actors like Keith Michell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Dame Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I.
“Therefore Bath and North East Somerset Council is delighted to welcome Keith Michell to open this exhibition as part of its celebrations in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”